September 30, 2008
September 29, 2008
Just a reminder to everyone out there to speak up for these sweet guys, and remember... punish the deed, not the breed and help end breed discrimination.
September 26, 2008
September 25, 2008
September 24, 2008
First up is my six year old Labrador Retriever Sullivan (aka Sully). He was my very first dog and my only non-rescue. Please indulge me while I list off his many attributes: sweet, handsome, smart, gentle, eager to please and food-loving... He's what I would call an "easy" dog. He is zero trouble, does exactly what I ask and is just happy to see me whenever I come home.
He has a serious love of all things edible (typical lab) and if you can throw it, he'll retrieve it. He is drawn to bodies of water as if they have some kind of magical power over him... he loves the beach, lake, pool, puddles, anything... a great swimmer.
He can be a little shy of strangers, but has gotten much, much better through the years. But if you come to my house, expect to be greeted by his big, booming bark until you're properly introduced and pleasantries have been exchanged (i.e. you've slipped him something tasty as a bribe). He is definitely NOT an alpha dog, and is content to let all the others in the household have their way. He is so incredibly stoic about putting up with all my rescue craziness, and he simply accepts this way of life with a tail wag and a smile.
September 23, 2008
September 22, 2008
My Labrador Retriever, Sullivan, LOVES to fetch... and more specifically, ADORES tennis balls. It's almost like a compulsion - if there's one available, it's in his mouth. He just can't help himself. He will focus on nothing else except the ball.
Well, up until Quincy arrived, he was the only dog really interested in tennis balls and playing fetch. He had them all to himself.
But it turns out Quincy also has a certain affection for all things round and bouncy. Except his favorite game has become - "Let's go get the ball and then torture my dear friend Sully by running around and not giving it back."
I shot the videos below this weekend in the backyard... check them out below (sorry for the poor video quality and please ignore my lovely redneck accent)
September 21, 2008
We're both so excited and can't wait to start visiting. All that's left to do is send off some paperwork, get our Delta Society Pet Partner IDs and we'll be off visiting in no time.
For more information on the program, please visit the Delta Society online.
September 19, 2008
But I stumbled upon this new (at least to me) treat just the other day... yoghund. It is organic frozen yogurt for dogs... and EVERYTHING in it is organic. They have two flavors: Organic Banana & Peanut Butter and Organic Blueberry & Vanilla Bean.
I pretty much love everything about this product. Let me break it down for you: It's made with real yogurt produced with organic low-fat milk; all the ingredients are certified organic by the USDA (no chemicals, no added hormones, no antibiotics); probiotics - aka "good bacteria" that aid digestion; and the product containers are recycled and recyleable.
Now the bad news... they don't have a wide distribution in South Carolina (you lucky Atlantans have plenty of locations that carry it!). But you can find the closest store here, and if you want to request that your local grocery or pet store carry it, you can do that here. I plan on pestering a couple of locations near me next week :)
September 18, 2008
So I conclude with this message to my friends - I embrace the CRAZY life I lead. I'm saving lives, giving them second chances, and I LOVE it... I wouldn't have it any other way.
September 16, 2008
Salt (Just a LITTLE)
1 cup orzo
1 cup frozen peas
4 carrots, sliced
Drizzle of honey (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
September 15, 2008
The animal partners are the human members' personal pets. They train them to work safely and effectively with patients and they visit a variety of groups and facilities --- nursing home residents, hospice patients, children with disabilities, hospital patients and more!
September 14, 2008
Above is a print of a painting at Dog Art Studio. I'm pretty sure most of my readers have learned of the serious soft spot I have for pit bulls by now... so that's why I'm featuring this beautiful print here. But make sure to check out their site because they have tons of breeds to choose from in addition to their custom work.
My Bonnie creates custom pillows that feature your own special four-legged friend. You just send her a photo and she creates these awesome pillows from felt. I like them because they're definitely more stylish than those horrible photoshopped throws that everyone always has done (and you know who you are)...
I really don't think I need to say much about this adorable Halloween greeting card from Blomma. They also have other cards available online featuring adorable Labradors. Plus everything is done in silhouette... which is another weakness of mine.
September 4, 2008
September 3, 2008
I wanted to introduce everyone to these amazing onesies, tote bags and stationery by Bella Blu Designs. Some of you may have seen her appearance on the Martha Stewart Show a few months ago, but if you missed it, check it out online here.
She handcrafts all her items... and of course I love it all because almost all of it features dogs! She has a fabulous website, a cool blog, and of course, all her items can be purchased online at her etsy store.
That totebag above totally has my name on it...
September 2, 2008
Last year, everyone was horrified and appalled when dozens of pit bulls were discovered on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vicks' property.
National Geographic's Dogtown is following the journey of four of the most challenging Vick dogs as they help rehabilitate them.